|As most of you already know, in the August election I
am running for a seat on the Loudon County Board Of Education. More
specifically, I am running for seat "B" in the fifth district. The seat
is currently held by June Klinstiver. By all accounts, Mrs. Klinstiver is
a very nice person. Unfortunately, being a very nice person does not
necessarily make one the best qualified to serve on the school board.
In 2004, Mrs. Klinstiver was elected to the school board
with 246 votes. She was unopposed in the election. A look at her voting
record and time on the board is a fair way to better understand why just
being a nice person does not necessarily make one the best qualified to
serve on the school board.
- One of the most notorious and well documented
blunders the current board has made was the
321 land deal where the board paid an extra $900,000.00 for a
terrible piece of land. Not only did Mrs. Klinstiver vote for the
deal, she seconded the motion to buy the land.
- The school board has been in a constant battle
with the State Fire marshal's office over life safety issues with
renovations at Loudon High School and other county school
maintenance projects. At one BOE meeting, it was suggested that the
board meet with the fire marshal to discuss the issues. Ms
"You won’t help yourselves," she warned. She said the better plan
was to keep a low profile and just wait him out. "They’ll aim at
another county soon," (Source News Herald)
- Voted for the Ameresco
debacle. This was a four million dollar deal where the company,
Ameresco, would change out much of the HVAC, lights, water
fountains, etc. in the schools in an effort to save energy.
- Recently, Mrs. Klinstiver
voted to hire a construction firm even though there was no building
plan nor funding for one.
- Voted to buy out school
director Edward Headlee's contract even though he had less than ten
months before retirement.
- Voted to retain school
maintenance coordinator, Dave Hemelright, even though he had been
removed from dealing with school maintenance issues dealing with the
state fire marshal.
- Voted to grant tenure to a
teacher who had recently been arrested for DUI.
- Voted for a 138 million
dollar building program.
- Voted against building a
new school at Greenback.
- Voted to hire a consultant
to interview potential director candidates.
- Voted to pay the new
director 20k more, $115,000.00, than the out going director.
- Attended the 2008 board
"retreat" in Gatlinburg. ($6,000.00)
- Voted for supporting
property tax increase.
- Voted for supporting sales
- Voted to spend $175,000.00
for bleacher renovations at Loudon High School.
- Voted to support the $50
wheel tax. (6/26/08)
The list could go on but the
point is made. Mrs. Klinstiver has consistently and repeatedly voted and
taken positions on issues that were counterproductive for the schools
and the tax payers of Loudon County.